Archive for December, 2017


The Ropery in Chatham Dockyard is the only one of 4 original Royal Navy Ropeyards still in operation. Rope has been made on this site for over 400 years. The building is over a quarter of a mile long.


The rope is made by taking individuals strands and winding them together. This process can be repeated a number of times to produce the required thickness of rope.


Inside the ropery – the machinery travels from one end to the other in the production of the rope. At this end the strands are held in place.



The heads which combine the strands into one rope.

As the strands pass through the heads they are combined


Keeping the rope taught and a quick way to get from end to end of the Ropery


The finished rope is coiled


The Ropery still makes traditional ropes for sailing ships etc but also produces rope made from more modern materials


The Guards Memorial, situated opposite the Whitehall parade ground, was designed by the sculptor Gilbert Ledward and was erected in 1926 to commemorate the battles of World War I and in memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers and guardsmen of the royal regiments of Foot Guards who gave their lives during the Great War 1914-1918. It also contains a memorial to the Officers and Men of the Household Cavalry, Royal Regiment of Artillery Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps and other Units who served in the Guard’s Division in France and Belgium 1915-1918.




Posted: December 7, 2017 in Birds, Natural History

On last weeks trip to Lynford in Norfolk, I had some wonderful views of Nuthatch.

In many ways, it resembles and behaves like a small woodpecker. Most commonly seen in woodland, although we do get the occasional one in the trees in the garden – probably foraging from the nearby woods. They are resident birds and it is estimated that there are approx 220,000 breeding pairs in the UK.

Some great Monochrome images. I have been doing some monochrome images for a project recently and have been surprised how much more effective monochrome images can be when compared to the same image in colour.


I have had a week without any walks but it has given me the opportunity to catch up on my photography and review some of my images of walks in the Yorkshire Dales.

I have converted the images to Monochrome which reminded me of the many happy hours I spent in the darkroom back in the 80’s.

B. Cairn on Twistleton Scar

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This is the oldest part of the Cathedral, where work started in 1118.

19th-century copy of medieval ceiling. Original had been badly damaged by Parliamentarian musket practice during the civil war.


Tomb of Unknown Anglo-Saxon saint or bishop c800AD



A Sloop launched at Sheerness in Kent in August 1878 she saw service in the Pacific from 1879-1883 before returning to the UK. In 1885 she was sent to the Mediterranean sea and was used in anti-slavery patrols. She also saw action off the coast of the Sudan and Eygpt. From November 1888 she was assigned to carry out survey work in the Meditteranean Sea, which she did until 1891 and again from 1892-1895.

In March 1895 she returned to Chatham, where she was assigned to Harbour duties. In 1900 she was used as accommodation by the South Eastern and Chatham Railway Co at Grain. In 1903 she became the Royal Navy volunteer reserve drill ship moored in the London docks and was renamed HMS President after its predecessor in that role. She was relieved of that duty by HMS Buzzard in spring of 1911. In 1913 she was loaned out as a training ship under the command of C B Fry, the famous Cricketer and transferred to the River Hamble where she served as a dormitory for boys training to join the Royal Navy. She remained at Hamble until the school closed in 1968. The ship was given to the Maritime Trust for restoration, the years in the Hamble having taken a toll on the structure. Restored to her 1888 glory she was, in 1994, passed onto the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust where she is now on display.



Pleased to see that the wintering Grey Wagtail that visited the garden regularly last winter has returned. We think it must winter on the Tarn but seems to like foraging around the feeder station in the garden. I am not sure what it is finding there as they normally feed on aquatic or other insects. Maybe it is hunting ants?